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Look, Its ok to Ask for help, No one is Superman in the Business world.

So to get things going lets Think Simple.. Like the device your reading this on.. Imagine if the Creator Decided they were going to Build the product your using, Package it themselves , Try to let the world know about the product , Sell it, answer customers questions etc .. It would take FOREVER to really get ahead or really to spend any of his time with family, friends , etc. But Imagine if they have the help we Clearly know they do haha? They would be focusing on there product and business grow vs taking the time out to do all those a other things .

Running a small business can be lonely,stressful and flat out not fun. There will be times when you don’t know who to turn to with your questions, and your support system can feel as small as your shop.

My advice: Ask others for help, and broaden your network to get it.

Seeking counsel -- from mentors, peers, even your suppliers and vendors -- is simply another way of taking charge of your business. Rather than being thought of as a weakness, reaching out can help your chances for success. I always say, “If you don’t ask, you won’t get.” One Intuit study found that 41 percent of small business owners feel lonely in their work life. That same survey found that 70 percent of small business owners say networking with other business owners is important.

In my experience, while it may seem daunting, pushing through your comfort zone can pay big rewards.

Related: How Asking for Help Can Be the Difference Between Success and Shutting Down

Connecting can energize you.

Even beyond your immediate need to solve a particular problem, listening to how others approach their business or even their lives can flick on a switch in your own thinking. That can lead to a breakthrough insight into something you weren’t even considering.

In your own community, you can find local organizations -- like America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) -- to begin networking with neighboring business people.

Related: Get Your Ego Out of the Way and Ask for Help When You Need It

If you’re shy or unaccustomed to reaching out to ask for help from fellow entrepreneurs in real-world one-on-one scenarios, find a network online.

Intuit built one called the Own It Network, an online community of small business owners supporting each other in growing their businesses. I love hearing stories about the relationships they build. The community has more than 100,000 members connecting to and learning from each other every day on topics like getting customers, goal setting, pricing and cash flow.

Think about where you’d like help.

Find great people you can learn from, whether you know them directly or not.  And make sure you have strategic partners who know what it’s like to run a small business and can offer you valuable advice.

For example, one of the most beneficial partnerships is the one you have with your accountant, who has insights into your business through a terrific window -- your data. Chances are you already have a comfort level with someone who knows you on one of the most intimate levels of all -- your finances -- so it’s a great place to start. Your accountant probably has other clients who have faced the same issues as you.  Ask for help, or for a helpful connection.

Related: When You're In a Rut, Ask For Help. You're Worth It.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

You should never stop learning. Take time to find and invest in relationships. There are plenty of people who have gone through similar experiences, have had others help them and would love to pay it forward by helping you.

All you have to do is ask.

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